School and Teacher Services
Green Action Centre has a wide range of School Services and programs, for students and staff alike. We also offer activities, handouts, and other tools for teachers looking to integrate waste reduction and active travel into the classroom and to advocate for safe routes to school. You’ll find the presentation request form below. Please feel free to reach out to us before requesting a presentation or service.
- We offer individual classroom presentations (maximum 30 students), assembly-style presentations, comprehensive composting and healthy transportation services, and professional development for staff and parent groups. See our School Services document for more details.
- Classroom presentations are given September through June and must be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. Note that September-October and March-June are particularly busy and dates should be requested even earlier.
- Presentation lengths are typically 45 minutes to an hour. When Kindergarten presentations are available, they are 15 minutes shorter than the posted length.
- Many services are provided free of charge thanks to designated funding, but honoraria are greatly appreciated. Other services have a nominal fee, and these are noted for each presentation.
- Presentations to schools within a 250km radius of Winnipeg may be available, depending on the date requested and the ability of the school to cover travel costs.
- Cancellations less than 2 business days in advance may be subject to an administration fee.
- Presenters reserve the right to reschedule in the case of illness or extreme weather. There will be no charges for cancellations due to illness or weather.
- Don’t see what you’re looking for? Custom presentations may be available. Register for “Other” and fill in the Comments box with the necessary details.
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Composting: Nature’s Recycling (Grades K-12, no fee, 45 minutes, presented by Mary Melnychuk)
We explore the amazing process by which organic waste is turned into an invaluable soil amendment (humus) that plants love, identify some of the living organisms that do the work, and discuss why composting is so important in waste reduction.
Complete School Composting Set-Up (K-12, suggested fee $150, multiple visits, offered by Composting Team)
The complete set-up includes a site visit, ongoing consultation support/troubleshooting, and customized training for students and staff. Cost does not include supplies such as compost bins, though we can share recommendations. Once your system is established, we have tips to keep your system going.
This package includes:
- “A Guide for School Composting” and “Tools and Activities for School Composting” booklets
- School-wide composting strategy worksheet
- Waste audit lesson plans
- Curriculum links for composting (available in French)
- Green Action Centre’s price list for signage (available in French)
How to Compost at School (K-12, suggested fee $50, 45 minutes, offered by Composting Team)
Is your school considering starting composting? Is your school currently composting and needs a refresher and pointers to ensure a successful program? Students will learn what composting is, why composting is important, and how to create an effective system. This presentation is ideal for your school’s green team or composting team.
Introduction to Vermicomposting (Grades K-12, suggested fee $50, 45 minutes, offered by Composting Team)
Learn how our worm friends can make a rich fertilizer, right in your classroom! This presentation includes hands-on time exploring red wriggler worms. We’ll discuss what composting is, why it matters, and how to care for a vermicomposting bin.
Earth is a greenhouse that keeps people warm and helps plants grow. We explain how a greenhouse works, consider the effect of increased heat on our greenhouse planet, and discuss ways of keeping planet Earth healthy and safe. Suggested actions include recycling, saving energy, and conserving water.
The Greenhouse Effect (Grades 5-8, no fee, 45 minutes, presented by Mary Melnychuk)
Starting with the science of the greenhouse effect, this presentation identifies gases (and their sources) that contribute to climate change. Possible measures to help bring atmospheric greenhouse gases down to stable levels are discussed. We emphasize positive actions students, schools and communities can take.
Climate Change (Grades 9-12, no fee, 45 minutes, presented by Mary Melnychuk)
This presentation for older grades examines the causes, effects and implications of climate change. Climate change goes well beyond “global warming”. Large-scale shifts in ecosystems, disruptions in species populations and increased incidence of severe weather are among the predicted and increasingly observed effects. Students are introduced to this issue as a case-study in environmental decision-making.
Our Active and Safe Routes to School team provides resources and assistance on events for both students and staff to celebrate walking and wheeling to school year-round. While presentations and workshops may be a part of some events, schools decide how they will participate. To learn more or to register for an event, please visit one of the event pages below.
- International Walk to School Month (October)
- Winter Walk and Wheel Day (February)
- Bike to School Month (May)
- Clean Air Day (June)
BikeWalkRoll (Grades K-12, no fee, offered by Active and Safe Routes to School Team)
BikeWalkRoll makes it easy to get a snapshot of how your school is doing for active school travel. It’s an innovative app that can compile data from 30-second hands-up surveys into statistics for an entire school or school division, awarding each school a “BikeWalkRoll Score” out of 100 based on how students are getting around. BikeWalkRoll allows you to see how you are doing compared to schools nearby and around the world, and to track your progress in increasing the number of kids walking, biking, or rolling to school. We can support you in using BikeWalkRoll, but the tool is available for free online at https://bikewalkroll.org.
**FREE** What’s Hiding in our Air? (Grades 1-6, FREE, 1 hour, offered by Active and Safe Routes to School Team)
Using high-tech tools that measure air quality around your school, this presentation will engage children in fun, science-based discussions on ways to improve our air with more emissions-free travel including cycling and walking. **NOW ACCEPTING BOOKINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 – MARCH 2019**
Bike Blender Presentation (Grades K-12, see below for cost and time breakdown)
Smoothies made from our bike blender are always a hit. For $100/hour, we run the blender and provide peanut-free ingredients, or you can rent it outright for $100 plus $500 deposit. Please let us know in advance about any allergy concerns.
School Travel Planning (Grades K-12, funding-dependent, 2-year process, offered by Active and Safe Routes to School Team)
School Travel Planning (STP) is a holistic approach to addressing the barriers that keep kids from walking or wheeling to school. We work with schools and communities set up a multi-year action plan and provide support along the way. Please note that this is a long-term process that depends on funding, and requesting a school travel plan will be considered a signal of interest.
More options are located under the “Staff and Parents” tab
Paper is one of the most familiar classroom materials. We explain how paper is made, discuss paper recycling, examine alternative fibres, and show samples of recycled paper products. Students are encouraged to consider how all four Rs (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) can be applied to paper.
Tracking the Blue Box (Grades K-12, no fee, 45 minutes, presented by Mary Melnychuk)
Everyone is curious about what happens to recyclables after they get picked up. Using samples and illustrations, this presentation tracks four common materials (paper, metal, glass, plastic) from blue box through re-processing to end use. With older students, we also critically consider the role of recycling as a resource conservation practice. Our most popular presentation.
Commuter Challenge (Staff or Parents)
Our annual blitz of transportation shifts! Commuter Challenge is set up for workplaces to promote transportation alternatives for employees over a week. Whether you are walking, biking, busing, or carpooling, there are tons of options for greener and healthier commuting. Interested? Learn more or coordinate the Commuter Challenge in your school!
Getting Started with Active School Travel (Staff or Parents, no fee, 1 hour)
In one generation, children have gone from mostly walking to school to mostly being driven, which has created new challenges for our kids’ health and development, as well as our environment. Learn about why we need to reverse that trend, plus initiatives like community walkabouts, policy changes, and school programming that have been used in Manitoba and around the world to get kids active again. This presentation is tailored to specific audiences (e.g. parents, teachers, administrators).
Intro to School Travel Planning (Staff or Parents, no fee, 1 hour)
There are so many reasons why kids aren’t active on their way to school. A School Travel Plan (STP) is a multi-year process that identifies and addresses the physical and intangible barriers in the community surrounding the school. We guide you through the STP process you can perform your own or you can enlist our help, funding permitting.
Starting a Walking School Bus or Bike Train (Staff or Parents, 1 hour)
Many parents say they would allow their children to walk to school if they weren’t alone, and kids like walking with their friends. Whether led by parents or a school, walking school buses—and their cycling equivalents, bike trains—help get everyone on board.
Workplace Greener Living (Staff)
Schools are workplaces, too! We offer all of the same Greener Living presentations to schools as we do to other employers. Topics include commuter-friendly workplaces; bike maintenance, safety, route planning; and greening the workplace. Registration for these is separate from School Services. Click here to view our workplace-specific presentations.
School Composting Professional Development (Staff, one hour, suggested fee $150, delivered by Composting Team)
Is your school considering starting composting? Do you already compost, but need some guidance to ensure a successful program? We will meet with you to discuss and/or troubleshoot your program and help you design a successful composting system. Can be offered in meeting or presentation format.
Custom Professional Development (Staff or Parents)
We tailor waste reduction or active transportation workshops to your needs! Get in touch with us to talk about unique or combined presentations. Possibilities include recycling, composting, litterless lunches, green commuting, bike safety, getting kids to school actively, and more.
The Food Cycle & Air Quality: Eating Our Way to Brighter Skies (Grades 1-6, $50, 45 minutes, presented by Compost Team)
Explore the relationship between air quality and our food cycle, inspiring students to find realistic ways that they can minimize food waste. A 45-minute presentation offered in Grades 1-6 classrooms, this presentation uses an interactive poster to foster critical thinking about our food cycle. **FREE BOOKINGS FOR 2018-2019 NOW FULL**
The Food Cycle & Air Quality: Local Choices and Global impacts (Grades 7-12, $50, 1 hour, presented by Compost Team)
An interdisciplinary presentation that connects our local choices around organic waste disposal to the global impacts of climate change. Contemporary art is used as a medium to encourage youth to imagine alternatives for a more sustainable world. **FREE BOOKINGS FOR 2018-2019 NOW FULL**
Litterless Lunches (Grades K-12, no fee, 45 minutes, presented by Mary Melnychuk)
Eating a nutritious lunch is essential to our health, but how does the garbage from our lunches affect the health of the Earth? A “regular” brown bag lunch is reviewed in terms of the amount and type of garbage produced. Students generate simple changes for creating a litterless lunch — one that is healthy for them and the Earth.
Our Ecological Footprint (Grades K-12, no fee, 45 minutes, presented by Mary Melnychuk)
Everything we use to survive (including the air, water, food we consume, and clothes we wear) originates in Nature. This eye-opening presentation asks whether our rates of consumption and waste disposal are sustainable and whether our use of resources is fair to others with whom we share the planet. Students discuss specific ways we can all help to make a difference.
Waste Audit (Grades 1-12, Contact us for availability and cost, presented by Compost Team)
How much waste does your school produce in 24 hours? And how much of that should be going to recycling, reuse, or compost? We can help you run one or more waste audits on your school with the participation of students and staff. Waste audits are customized based on what teachers are looking for.
Water: A Drop in the Bucket (Grades K-12, no fee, 45 minutes, presented by Mary Melnychuk)
Water is everywhere. It makes up our rivers, lakes and oceans. It’s in our air, our food, and even in us! We all need clean water every day to stay alive, but how much water do we use? Are we wasting water? Why should we be concerned about the way we use and abuse this resource? This presentation addresses all of these questions, concentrating on positive individual actions and choices.